Book Review

Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I’m very late to the party with this one: Cinder is big, has its own fandom, and has been out for a while. But it’s never too late to fall in love with an awesome book, right?

Published 2012 by Puffin Books.

11235712Goodreads Synopsis: A forbidden romance. A deadly plague. Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .
CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.
Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.
This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.

My Review: Normally, I give it a couple of days between finishing a book and writing a review, but it’s been mere few hours and I JUST WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS BOOK. I’ve owned a copy of Cinder for so long that I can’t remember where I got it from – it’s certainly been on my TBR pile for too long. I wish I’d read it sooner!

After being in a reading slump for, well, months really, I decided I needed something a bit different to read. This totally cured said reading slump – I read the whole thing in a day. I was completely hooked on the story. Meyer is a fantastic writer, and this concept is really incredible.

If Cinder isn’t on your radar, here’s the basics: it’s a re-imagining of Cinderella, where Cinder is a cyborg mechanic in New Beijing, a city hundreds of years in the future. A plague is sweeping this future Earth, and Cinder discovers she has an important part to play in scientific research, but this sudden shift in Cinder’s life is a huge risk.

I was worried that the concept would be a bit cheesy and disjointed – how do you work the classic elements of the Cinderella tale into a story about a future with cyborgs? But, wow, it really worked. I was totally absorbed in the story, perhaps more so than any other book I’ve read this year. It’s richly imaginative and I’m envious of Meyer’s storytelling capabilities. The imagery was so vivid to me; every scene played out like an epic film in my head.

Cinder was a really interesting character. Her back story was woven into the story really well, and I felt for her throughout the book. She was so three-dimensional to me. The re-imagining of the classic Cinderella character is so clever, yet Meyer doesn’t rely on the fairy tale. Instead, her protagonist is full of individuality. The only thing that did irk me was her often overly sarcastic dialogue. I couldn’t work out her intentions in some chapters! But I really enjoyed reading about her all the same.

Overall, Cinder was fantastic. It’s definitely one of the best fantasies I’ve read in a long time. If you haven’t read this, I definitely recommend you do! Cinder is richly imaginative and gripping and hard to put down. I wanted to read the next instalment immediately after I turned the last page (luckily, my copy has just arrived… brb while I go binge-read this).

My Rating:

four and a half

I purchased a copy of Cinder.

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The Fairytale survey!

So, I don’t really do any surveys and things on this blog! I really want to get involved with more, though, and I discovered the Fairytale Survey from Ruby @ Feed Me Books Now. I love it! You can view the original post for the tag, started over at the Daily Prophecy! Here goes 😀

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PART 1. CLASSIC PRINCESSES.

Pinocchio – The boy whose nose grows when he lies.
Is there are book you lie about, because you feel ashamed for liking it?
Nope. I don’t think there are any!
 
Beauty and the beast – The girl who fell in love with personality.
Which book do you love that has a hideous cover?
Hmm… I read IMPOSTOR by Susanne Winnacker earlier this year- and though the copy I read had the US cover, which I love, I honestly can’t stand the UK one. I just don’t get on with the colours! It’s unappealing looking… just… meh.
 
Snow white – Hunted down for her beauty.
Do you ever buy a book based on the cover alone and if so, what is the last one?
I buy TOO many books based on their covers… The last one…? *rummages through the TBR*
 
Sleeping beauty – Cursed to sleep, awakened by true love’s kiss.
 What is your favourite book couple?
Gah, TOO MANY!! Katniss and Peeta will always be awesome. But, Fourtris. And Cath and Levi. And all the people. That’s a hard question.
 
Little Mermaid – Gave up on her old life for love.
Do you ever branch out to new genres or do you like to stick with the ones you know and love? If you try new things out, what is the latest book?
Generally, I read a bit of everything, excepting a few genres like vampire books- I just can’t get on with them after Twilight… I guess I tried a vampire book late last year, Holly Black’s newest book. Also, I don’t read a huge amount of LGBT* fiction but recently I read Alex As Well, so I’m looking forward to reading more from that genre!
 

Cinderella – Who lost her shoe after midnight.
What is the last book that made you stay up all night?
Alex as Well! I loved it and as soon as I started, I physically couldn’t finish. 

Rapunzel – locked up in a tower.
What is  the worst book you’ve read last month?

I’ve been pretty lucky so far, this year, and I haven’t particularly hated anything- yay! Though, I was pretty disappointed by Secret Avengers: Reverie, which collected the first issues of the series. I’d been looking forward to it for months but I just found it hard to follow the story.


PART 2. MIX-MATCH.

Aladdin – The poor boy who found a genie.
What is the latest book treasure/gem you found?
I really recently fell in love with Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore! A beautiful book about books and Google and cults and… well, it’s weirdly amazing.

Alice in Wonderland – The girl who fell through a rabbit’s hole. 
Which book made you really feel like you landed in another world?
BANISHED by Liz de Jager. I loved the fantasy concept!

East of the sun and west of the moon – where a girl embarks on a journey to save her love.
Who is one of your favorite kick-ass heroines?
Jess Tennant from Jane Casey’s crime thriller YA series is awesome.


The Frog Prince – where an enchanted prince becomes human again.
What is a book you thought you would hate, but end up loving?

Hmm… Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell… I know! *hides* I wasn’t sure, at first. I sometimes read a book with a lot of hype around it and end up a little disappointed. Luckily, though, I didn’t get that with Fangirl.

Hansel and Gretel – left alone in the woods and captured by a witch.
Which duo (sister/sister, brother/sister) is your favourite and why?
Ooh, that’s hard, because I haven’t read about a huge amount! The main character in Natalie Whipple’s Transparent has two really cool brothers, my favourite is the slightly geeky one, but I can’t remember his name at the moment. But they are really cool!

Little Red Riding Hood – almost eaten by a wolf dressed as her grandmother.
What book disappointed you after falling in love with the cover and blurb?
Forgive me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick… I loved the cover and the blurb and I’d read so much hype about it. Don’t get me wrong, I did like the story,  but I was a little disappointed. It’s an emotional and riveting book but for reasons not all of it clicked with me.

Rumpelstilskin – nobody knows his name.
Which book do you love that doesn’t get enough attention?
I have a lot of books I want to mention! STRAY and BURN by Monica Hesse are AMAZING and I rant about them so much. Not many people seem to have read them,. which I’m really sad about, because they’re probably two of the best dystopians I’ve read.

That was fun to answer! 😀 Remember to check out the original post here– and if you decide to join in, too, I’d really love to hear your answers- drop a comment with the link.